HTC Vive will get a temporary $100 price drop this week

If you've been itching to get on the VR bandwagon but don't fancy the steep price of the HTC's VR headset, there's some good news. On Wednesday, April 5, the Vive kit will be selling for $100 off its regular price, putting it at $699. To wit, the kit includes a VR headset, two touch controllers and their base stations, earbuds, a breakout box, and all the necessary cabling.

April 5 is being branded Vive Day, according to the Vive Blog. The temporary $100 cut isn't the only thing happening during that day, though. Existing and new customers can get their virtual hands on a free copy of Arcade Saga, a game that normally goes for $20.

Additionally, those subscribing to the Viveport service will get a free month. Subscribers can shell out $6.99 per month, access five titles from the Viveport library, and rotate their selection every month. This also gives players a chance to try out games and applications before shelling out for them. HTC hints that there are more freebies coming, and says you should stay tuned to the Vive Blog.

This move comes a month after Oculus dropped the price of its Rift headset and Touch controllers. Neither the Rift or the Vive kits are particularly cheap, so we're only happy to see an apparent price war brewing. Easier access to high-end VR is nothing but welcome.

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    • DeadOfKnight
    • 3 years ago

    I really want to be excited about this stuff, but there are zero games out right now that make me want to go out and buy them. These 1st gen versions are still basically beta versions. I think it’s pretty clear that further iterations will be a profound upgrade on what is pretty much a more polished dev kit sold to consumers and tinkerers to generate more revenue. Considering the high price of early adoption, I am guessing a lot of people felt buyers remorse not long after. I still remain excited about the new tech, but I will wait for upgraded hardware and more games before I buy in.

    • Wonders
    • 3 years ago

    Probably for the best that room-scale VR remains priced high for the time being, because there’s just not enough porn to justify the platform yet.

    Also: Arcade Saga does a great job creating a sense of scale with its physically huge bosses and the way they zip around. It’s surprisingly fun to interact with very large, fast moving objects in room-scale VR.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    I’m waiting until they give VR sets away with a new video card.

      • superjawes
      • 3 years ago

      /yawn

      Wake me up when I can get a direct neural interface for $99.

      • JalaleenRumi
      • 3 years ago

      You’ll be waiting a really long time then. Unless you’re willing to pay up $1500 for a GPU with a free VR set. In that case, let me know, I can arrange it for you. xD

    • DoomGuy64
    • 3 years ago

    Yup, I knew they could afford a price drop back when they were giving away free 480s. It’s still $300 short of what I would consider an acceptable price drop.

    HTC. The Martin Shkreli of the VR industry.

    ONE PROBLEM. VR IS A LUXURY GOOD, AND THERE IS COMPETITION. DROP PRICES OR DIE OUT.

      • christos_thski
      • 3 years ago

      They don’t seem to get that there won’t be many killer apps for VR if there is no sufficient user base for it. They’ve got to sell at razor thin margins if they want VR to succeed. There won’t BE a phase past “early adopter stage” if there is no sufficient user base to justify programming for these products.

      • Laykun
      • 3 years ago

      Again it wasn’t HTC giving away RX 480s it was newegg or whoever the distributor was.

        • JalaleenRumi
        • 3 years ago

        At the end of the day, someone was making enough to give away a free goodie and still make profit.

          • slowriot
          • 3 years ago

          How in the world do you know? Maybe it was an effort to get rid of warehouse stock that wasn’t moving and costing more money sitting there than it would selling it all on a razor thin (if any) margin. Companies don’t just give away video cards because they’re making tons of money, they do it as a marketing tool out of desperation to move a product they otherwise can’t.

            • JalaleenRumi
            • 3 years ago

            Trust me, RX 480 is not THAT bad of a card for the companies to get rid of them at loss.

            About freeing up space, that is not a good assumption. Big companies like Amazon are renting out warehouse storage spaces to individuals and businesses. So I am sure Newegg has enough to keep their stock without much trouble.

    • Welch
    • 3 years ago

    Wow… A whole $100 off an $800 item! Geee, thanks HTC.

      • Entroper
      • 3 years ago

      It’s better than not having the sale, I guess.

      But for one day? And still $100 more expensive than Rift+Touch? They’re going to lose ground.

        • JalaleenRumi
        • 3 years ago

        How come it is $100 more expensive than Rift+Touch? I thought Rift was more or equally expensive after they launched the Touch and third camera? Maybe I missed the price drop news.

          • Entroper
          • 3 years ago

          The link is right in the above story.

    • christos_thski
    • 3 years ago

    They might want to consider lowering their insane 900 euros (=960 dollars, without shipping) price for European orders, if they want to sell anything here.

    Valve seems to think the hardware world extends from the West to the East coast, USA. Great marketing strategy , especially for new product sectors where spread and adoption is a matter of life and death. Put your product out for a 50% price cap on the continent. That will win you your crucial userbase.

    Perhaps we’ll need to wait for the PS5 and some kind of accompanying PSVR2 in order to use a VR set that doesn’t take us for chumps, in europe.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]They might want to consider lowering their insane 900 euros (=960 dollars, without shipping) price for European orders, if they want to sell anything here.[/quote<] USD$800 + 20% Tax = USD$960. I don't think Valve/htc are doing much gouging on European customers; if anything, the price is much closer to US prices than for most other electronics items.

        • christos_thski
        • 3 years ago

        Didn’t stop Sony from selling the PSVR for the same price acrosss continents. And Valve is discounting on the USA only.

    • Billstevens
    • 3 years ago

    If you haven’t bought in yet, may as well wait for Vive 2.

    Given its success may have to jump ship from Oculus on the next wave of hardware unless Oculus manages to do something truly innovative.

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